Greek Mythology in Art

The ancient Greeks worshipped many gods, each with a distinct personality and domain. Greek myths explained the origins of the gods and their individual relations with mankind. The art of Archaic and Classical Greece illustrates many mythological episodes, including an established iconography of attributes that identify each god.

Hemingway, Colette, and Seán Hemingway. “Greek Gods and Religious Practices.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (October 2003)


Allegory of Sculpture by Gustav Klimt
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Saturn Devouring His Son by Francisco de Goya
The Triumph of Bacchus by Diego Velazquez
La Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch
Laocoön by El Greco
Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian
Psyche Is Received on Olympus by Raphael
Leda and the Swan by Paul Cézanne
Amor Vincit Omnia by Caravaggio
Jupiter and Thetis by Dominique Ingres
Rokeby Venus by Diego Velázquez
Input Heracles on Olympus by Amasis Painter
Head de Medusa by Peter Paul Rubens
Winged Victory of Samothrace by Pithokritos of Lindos
Galatea by Rafael (Fresco in Villa Farnesina)
Pandora by John William Waterhouse
Venus and Adonis by Titian
Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan by Diego Velázquez
Athena and Heracles in Kilix Attic Red Figures Vulci
Laocoön and His Sons by Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydorus of Rhodes
The Rape of Europa by Titian
Diana as Personification of the Night by Anton Raphael Mengs
Bust of Zeus Found at Otricoli
Cover Iliad of Homer around 1572
The Pleiades by Elihu Vedder
Illustration of the Statue of Ariadne on Panther by Johann Heinrich von Dannecker
The Three Graces by Peter Paul Rubens
Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse
Judgment of Paris by Enrique Simonet
Sleep and his Half-brother Death by John William Waterhouse
Jupiter Bestow Immortality on Psyche and Celebrates her Marriage to Cupid by Maurice Denis